Time flies like a shuttle, disappearing in a flash. Throughout our life, we always miss many things: Some have missed a wonderful performance because they lost track of time; some have missed many pure friendships because of their selfishness; some have missed the time to spend with their children for being busy; some missed the chances of having heart-to-heart talks with their parents because of their shyness….
Once, I read a story on the Internet.
Joshua Bell, a famous musician, quietly came to a crowded subway station with his valuable antique violin, and began to play. The melody was so beautiful, flowing gently in the air. Yet in his nearly one-hour performance, only six or seven people stopped and listened to him playing; and the best listener was a three-year-old boy, who stood aside listening attentively.
On usual days, when Joshua Bell’s concert is held, the tickets are over 100 dollars, and it is not easy to get one.
Afterward, many passers-by of that time regretted having missed such a free music feast because of their ignorance.
Unfortunately, money cannot buy back the lost opportunity. Many beautiful things in our lives have been easily missed by us like that.
In fact, I have also missed some things. The reason is simple: I thought that I could do it tomorrow.
Actually, tomorrow is unreliable. Otherwise, how can there be so many people saying, “I only did two things in my life—waiting and regretting. So things always come too late.” We often say, “I’ll wait until I grow up,” “I’ll wait until I have enough money,” “I’ll wait until I’m old.” … But when that day arrives, it’ll be too late to do anything.
Short though the story is, it is worthy of our reflection: We should cherish what we have at present before it’s too late.
Nowadays, faced with God’s work of saving man, how many people know how to value it? How many people can seek and investigate it with a humble heart? Perhaps many would say, “Sorry, I’m busy right now, and let’s talk about it later,” or “I’m not free now. Let’s talk about it after I make enough money.” Such words as these would result in our rashly refusing , and make us miss this rare and fleeting opportunity from God. However, we do not realize that we are walking the evil road Satan has prepared for us when we stray from God and refuse His salvation. We then would only give Satan free rein to trample and afflict us and never would we see the light. The said, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).
Almighty God says, “People do not treasure My arrival, nor would they prize the days of My glory. They are not relishing the acceptance of My chastisement, much less being willing to restore My glory to Me. Nor are they willing to cast away the evil one’s poison. People are constantly playing tricks on Me, and they always wear their bright smiles and happy faces. They are unaware of the depths of gloom that mankind will face after My glory leaves them, and particularly unaware that when My day comes to the whole of mankind, they will have an even harder time than people in the times of Noah. For they do not know that when My glory parted from Israel how gloomy it had become, for man forgets on dawn’s arrival how hard it is to go through the pitch darkness of night. When the sun goes back into hiding again and darkness looms over man, he will again mourn and grind his teeth in darkness. Have you forgotten that when My glory parted from Israel, how difficult it was for its people to endure through such suffering? Now are the days when you see My glory, and which are also the glorious days you’re passing with Me. Man will mourn in darkness when My glory leaves the filthy land” (“What a Real Man Means”).
From God’s words, we can see that mankind has been living in the darkness for thousands of years. When God’s salvation comes upon us, we do not treasure it, but reject and stay away from God. We would rather indulge in pleasure under the domain of Satan, be trampled and tortured by Satan than live amid the light. Just like people in the time of Noah thousands of years ago, they lived in a place of sin and licentiousness. God wanted to use a flood to destroy that evil world, but meanwhile He still showed mercy on man. He hoped that through Noah’s one hundred and twenty years’ preaching, man could believe His words and thus gain His protection. However, no one chose to believe this fact that God would destroy the world with flood. Finally, they all died in the flood except Noah’s family of eight. And let’s consider another example. When the Lord Jesus became flesh and worked in Judea two thousand years ago, His work was denied by the Pharisees, scribes, and chief priests of Judaism, and they even rejected and slandered the Lord Jesus and nailed Him to the cross. Thus, they ended up being forced to flee to other countries, and many of them were killed. The entire Jewish nation was subjected to destruction.
Nowadays, the returned Lord Jesus–Almighty God’s work of comes upon mankind. After Satan’s thousands of years of corruption, we have already been deplorably filthy; but God still does His utmost to save us, awaiting that we can return before Him and break away from Satan’s trampling and affliction and live under His care and protection like Noah. is profuse and has never left us. If we seek the truth, then we will find that the Creator’s love for us is so real and warm.
As Almighty God says, “His substance and disposition are expressed in His dialogue with man; His thoughts and ideas are revealed completely in His deeds; He accompanies and observes mankind at all times. He speaks quietly to mankind and all of creation with His silent words: I am above the universe, and I am amongst My creation. I am keeping watch; I am waiting; I am at your side…. His hands are warm and strong; His footsteps are light; His voice is soft and graceful; His form passes and turns, embracing all of mankind; His countenance is beautiful and gentle. He has never left, nor has He vanished. From dawn to dusk, He is mankind’s constant companion” (“God Himself, the Unique II”).
God’s love for man has never changed. God is always concerned about us and waiting for us to return before Him. He could not bear to see us suffer disasters. Nowadays, the work of God is like mightily surging waves and God’s gospel has already spread all over the world. God’s work is drawing to an end. At this critical moment, we must seize the last chance of God’s salvation for mankind, and only then can we gain His care and protection.
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